Friday, August 12, 2011

Krishna Janmastami Utah

Transcendental Birthday Party


Two Days

When: Saturday August 20th, 7 pm
at 965 East 3370 South 84106, SLC.
& Sunday August 21, 7 pm
at 8628 S. Main St, Spanish Fork
Contact: Charu or Vaibhavi: 798-3559/787-1510

The Krishna Temples at at 965 East 3370 South 84106, SLC. & 8628 S Main St. in Spanish Fork have planned transcendental birthday partys to celebrate the Appearance Day of Shree Krishna. From 8 pm onward on both Saturday in SLC and Sunday in Spanish Fork there will be Indian dance, drama, musical concerts, hot meals, exhibits, and gifts available to all.

This holiday for Hindus compares to Christmas Day. Five thousand years ago Shree Krishna appeared on earth to protect the pious, annihilate the miscreants, and reestablish the principles of virtue. This was accomplished in a span of 125 years even at the end of which the Lord appeared as a fresh blooming youth of 16 or 20 years. Before returning to His own spiritual abode, the Lord spoke the Bhagavad Gita (Song of God) to his friend and disciple, Arjuna, thus leaving behind Him a legacy of wisdom for the ages. So stimulating and profound are these words of Shree Krishna that there have been over 2,000 translations of Bhagavad Gita in the English language alone.

The word Krishna means “All-Attractive” in Sanskrit. Krishna, in his manifest pastimes, exhibited six opulences or "attractive qualities" in full: beauty, knowledge, fame, wealth, strength, and humility. No other incarnation of Godhead exhibited these qualities to the same degree, and therefore Krishna is worshipped throughout India as “The Supreme Personality of Godhead.” Devotees chant His Holy Names considering that the names of the Absolute are non-different from the Absolute Himself. Aside from the ubiquitous chanting there will be many other elements to celebrate His advent during the celebration of his earthly appearance.

Admission to this event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Caru or Vai (801)798-3559/787-1510.

Schedule of Events:
Both Nights, Both Temples

1) 8:00 pm Kirtan in with Jai Krishna and Sri Hanuman.

2) 8:30 pm Govinda Ala Re: As Krishna did when a child, participants will climb on each other's shoulders to reach and break a high suspended pot full of butter and yogurt.

Krishna Birthday celebration
3) 8:30 pm Featured Bharat Natyam Dance performer Divya Narayanam with her troupe of students:

For Divya's Web site Click here...

Krishna temple Dancer

4) 9:00 pm Musical pageant of Krishna’s Birth (includes Vasudev, Devaki, Kamsa, Putana, Narada, etc.)

Krishna drama on Janmastami
5) 9:30 pm Abhishekam (Bathing Ceremony). Sponsors will assist the priest in bathing the Deity, and take home the kalashas along with other gifts.

Krishna celebration

6) Kirtans and Bhajans throughout

7) Midnight arati

8) Huge feast (everyone is welcome to bring preparations to augment the feast) sold up until the midnight arati and served free afterwards

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Deluxe Kalasha - $501

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Silver Kalasha - $251

Pictured here are the Golden Kalasha (US $ 251.00) and the Deluxe Kalasha (US $ 501.00) which the members will receive after the gala Janmastami celebrations and abhishekam (bathing ceremony). Our grateful thanks to each and every one of the donors.

The kalasha abhishekam (bathing ceremony) will take place about 10:30 pm. We’d like to thank the many families who participated last year, and all those who have been regularly supportive over the years.

This year we were hoping for new members, or heretofore marginally supportive ones, to step up and help us double the number of kalasha sponsors. In expectation, we ordered 100 kalashas from Vrndavan, India.

For anyone who cannot be present to personally bathe the deities, we shall do the bathing in your name and send the kalasha and other gifts by post. To see and hear the festivities (except when we are doing the ratha yatra and the breaking of the butter pot outside) one can go to this web site, and click both the buttons for temple web cam and the radio buttons for live audio.

For sponsorship and to receive either the golden kalasha for a donation of US $ 251.00 or the deluxe kalasha for US $ 501.00, contact Caru Das at (801) 798-3559/787-1510, use Paypal as below, or send a check to the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, 8628 South State Road, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660

2011 Donors thus far

Dinesh & Kalpana Patel, utah
C. Seshachari, Utah
Ramesh & Anushree Goal, Utah
Tushar Patel, Utah
Muljibhai, Sharda Patel, Utah
Vijaya Foundation, Utah
Avadesh & Uma Agarwal, California
Jaya Prakash & Sathya Reddy, Utah
Neeraj and Archana Agarwal, Utah
Adrish & Sumati Agawal, Utah
Harikeshwar and Rama Kushwaha, Utah
Manish & Mona Gupta, Utah
Dharmesh, Balubhai Ahir, Wyoming
Sachin, Keerti Rajhans, Utah
Bharat, Sharmlila Chaudhari
Jashwant, Kamjiben Chaudhari
Rajan Vasudevan, Utah
Arun, Sonali Badi
, Louisiana
Bipin & Purnima Gandhi, Utah
Sohan & Krishna Dhir
, California
Roshan & Kulwant Khandpur, California
Murari & Inder Gupta, California
Steven & Celia Hemingway, Utah
Satish & Deepika Kolasani, Utah

Silver Kalasha $ 251.00

Nishan Seale, New Jersey
Abhijit Dasgupta, Utah
Gopal Menon & Snigdha Misra, Utah
Vin & Kiran Kamdar, Utah
Sumit Roy, Georgia

The Three Lives of Bharata

Youth-Poster-webThe Tuesday evening Krishna Culture Festival entertainment on Tuesday August 16, from 7 pm:

General description:

The Krishna Culture Festival Tour is comprised of young students of Bhakti yoga who practice the joyful process of connecting with the Divine through acts of loving service, the main focus of the sacred text called the Bhagavad-gita. They are volunteering to travel and share their passion for an ancient culture with audiences in 34 cities across the USA and Canada this summer. Even though their visit will be short and on a weekday evening, be sure to stop by and visit their performance if you're interested in yoga, mantras and eastern mysticism.

1. Kirtan (20 minutes) by the bus tour youth kirtaniyas See photo: The call-and-response devotional music of India. With traditional drums, cymbals, harmonium and mantras, the musicians weave a meditative blanket of sound to transport you into a sacred space beyond time.

2. Bharata-natyam dance by Vani and Ksamesvari (15 minutes), two very talented students of Mother Anapayini's Bhakti dance academy in Alachua, Florida. See photos: Classical Temple Dance Wrapped in ornately flowing costumes, an ensemble of dancers perform
Bharata Natyam, the classical south Indian temple dance. Hand gestures, movements and facial expressions help to portray stories of divine love, complemented by traditional rhythms and melodies.

3. Drama: The Three Lives of Bharata (75 minutes) Presented by H.H. Bhaktimarga Swami and his theater troupe. Poster: Maharaja Bharata was the first emperor of India. In his final years, he retired from public life to focus on spiritual pursuits. Using an
international cast, elaborate costumes and life-size puppets, this classical drama explores the many adventures along Bharata's colorful sojourn that led him to take his next birth as a deer, and then as a mendicant, before completing his quest. An epic story from the Bhagavata Purana.

4. Prasadam, vegetarian foodstuffs.

Approximate total time (including prasadam) of 2 hours, 30 minutes.